Sudan ex-President, Omar al-Bashir set to face trial

Former President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir might begin his trial next week to face the corruption charges against him.

This was made known by the acting prosecutor general, Alwaleed Sayed Ahmed, who made the announcement on Saturday, two months after the military overthrew and arrested al-Bashir amid mass protests against his 30-year autocratic rule.

Ahmed said, “The former president will appear in court next week following charges of corruption and possessing foreign currency.”

The trial referral would be made after a one-week period for objections expires, Ahmed said. He added that 41 other former officials were under investigation for corruption.

He did not name the others accused but said most of the charges were related to the “possession of land”.

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Ahmed’s announcement came days after the official SUNA news agency said al-Bashir faced several charges, including “possessing foreign funds, acquiring suspected and illegal wealth” as well as ordering a state of emergency in response to protests in February.

Al-Bashir, who has not been seen in public since his arrest in April, had already been charged last month with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters.

Prosecutors had also ordered his interrogation on suspicion of money laundering and financing “terrorism”.

Source: Al Jazeera News



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